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Old 02-03-2014, 07:51 PM
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Rubber Trim/Gaskets Around Doors

What do you fellow BMW addicts recommend for the rubber (?) trim around the doors, which is exposed to the sun and weather? Is ArmorAll ok? I think the owner's manual says not to use anything with silicon in it. I have no idea what's in ArmorAll. Any other suggestions?
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:56 PM
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What do you fellow BMW addicts recommend for the rubber (?) trim around the doors, which is exposed to the sun and weather? Is ArmorAll ok? I think the owner's manual says not to use anything with silicon in it. I have no idea what's in ArmorAll. Any other suggestions?
Armor all is awful. Use gummi pfledge (pronounced goo-me flay-guh) it works wonders for rubber trim pieces.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:14 PM
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And where might I find gummi fledge? I've never seen it.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:23 PM
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:42 PM
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One gent I know who works on antique windshields uses Glycerin to re-invigorate the old rubber.

I don't know about the silicone issue - I usually spray my door seals with light silicone at least once a year. I do try not to get it all over the paint.

Armorall has a lot of silicone in it - as do many, many car products and paint treatments. Silicone must be removed from paint before any repair work is done or new paint does not adhere properly.
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One gent I know who works on antique windshields uses Glycerin to re-invigorate the old rubber.

I don't know about the silicone issue - I usually spray my door seals with light silicone at least once a year. I do try not to get it all over the paint.

Armorall has a lot of silicone in it - as do many, many car products and paint treatments. Silicone must be removed from paint before any repair work is done or new paint does not adhere properly.

Indeed - silicone oil is "cheater's wax" -- often used by honest, caring purveyors of Pre Owned Vehicles to make them look like new. Nope, don't last.
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Never use armor all or anything silicone based on rubber. Clean them with 1Z deep cleaner and use Krytox or Gummi, for the outside trim, same but use B303 for UV protection.
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+1 on gummi pfledge

Don't use silicone. It will cause squeaks.

In general, you don't want to use a silicone spray any where in the car. It will make noise. It's better to use a white lithium grease or the like.

Even WD-40 is bad. It dries things out over time. Eventually, squeaks come back. If you want a lubricant to last, it's gotta be grease based, not oil.
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Only problem with using lube is that if you get it on seals anywhere near window glass, you'll have streaks up and down your windows every time you raise or lower them...
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OP, take a look at Nordic Kat's Convertible Top Sticky. Lots of excellent transferrable advice there, and much discussion of various products.
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So, you can use B303 Aerospace Protectant on the exterior door trim/rubber? We used the stuff on our inflatable Zodiac, exposed 24/7, and it worked great. It is widely available in slightly different versions.

Based on the advice given here so far, I won't use ArmorAll. I wonder what they smear on the tire sidewalls at the local car wash to "dress" them?
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OP, take a look at Nordic Kat's Convertible Top Sticky. Lots of excellent transferrable advice there, and much discussion of various products.
Thanks.....just went there....what an excellent contribution. Now that I've seen the pictures, I have to say I'm glad I don't have a convertible! While they're beautiful, they look really complicated.
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So, you can use B303 Aerospace Protectant on the exterior door trim/rubber? We used the stuff on our inflatable Zodiac, exposed 24/7, and it worked great. It is widely available in slightly different versions.

Based on the advice given here so far, I won't use ArmorAll. I wonder what they smear on the tire sidewalls at the local car wash to "dress" them?
Crap most likely. It should be water-based, and most aren't. Adam's makes some nice tire dressing; but it's really important to clean the rubber so it's black again before.
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So, you can use B303 Aerospace Protectant on the exterior door trim/rubber? We used the stuff on our inflatable Zodiac, exposed 24/7, and it worked great. It is widely available in slightly different versions.

Based on the advice given here so far, I won't use ArmorAll. I wonder what they smear on the tire sidewalls at the local car wash to "dress" them?
I like 303 on my boat stuff plus its a sunscreen for the exposed rubber/plastic BMW trim / molding parts.
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So, you can use B303 Aerospace Protectant on the exterior door trim/rubber? We used the stuff on our inflatable Zodiac, exposed 24/7, and it worked great. It is widely available in slightly different versions.

Based on the advice given here so far, I won't use ArmorAll. I wonder what they smear on the tire sidewalls at the local car wash to "dress" them?
I love 303 aerospace. It's a great rubber and vinyl UV protectant.

BUT, it squeaks! don't use it on door seals.

You're better off using baby powder over 303 aerospace on the seals.

Gummi pfledge or baby powder are the only 2 things I would use on the door seals.
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And where might I find gummi fledge? I've never seen it.
and the name Means "Rubber Care" In German

and get some dupont "Krytox" while you are at it,

that is great stuff on rubber


Read Kats Sticky on keeping your convertible top seals in shape at the very top of the threads, she shows both rubber care products in action
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OP, take a look at Nordic Kat's Convertible Top Sticky. Lots of excellent transferrable advice there, and much discussion of various products.

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